Ben Stokes hopes to make a difference for England with the ball

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

England will head to Nottingham 2-0 up with three to play after convincing wins at Southampton and Lord's.

But the Durham star hopes to be firing on all cylinders come Tuesday´s day/night clash in the English Midlands.

After going down 0-2 in the five-match ODI series against England, Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim has called on his side to trust themselves and stage a strong comeback when they face the Eoin Morgan-led side in the third match at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.


"I have done all the prep to get myself fit and put my hand up and say I am ready to bowl. All the build-up stuff I needed to do has been done so if I am needed hopefully Eoin will ask". 'Honestly, it's so boring, ' said the livewire of the England team.

'One thing that keeps me switched on the whole time is that I don't want to give away any runs in the field. Even their coach Mickey Arthur has admitted his side are "behind the times" when it comes to one-day cricket, and that's borne out by totals of 260 and 251 batting first in the opening two games.

'Normally it's quite hard to have the time in training to concentrate properly on doing everything so it's been quite nice to think only about my batting, but I will be going into the next session putting my hand up to bowl'. "I want to try and stop as many as possible and that has got me through the fact I am not bowling".


England's 50-over cricket has undergone something of a revival since their dire first-round exit at last year's World Cup.

The England one-day captain certainly has plenty of options in England's remarkable rise from one-day laughing stock to the epitome of the modern, powerful limited-overs outfit who should now be targeting a 5-0 series win.

'We have gone two up in the series because we have been playing the better cricket. If we were to think we have won it already and slip up that would be the worst thing we could do. Having had to pull out of the Sri Lanka series with a knee injury that required surgery, he limped out of his comeback game in global cricket, the second Test at Old Trafford against Pakistan, after sustaining a calf injury. First of all Willey has to get Wood out of the team, which after his impressive bowling will be hard, The task facing Bairstow may be even greater as there are only four specialist batsmen and the Buttler is so destructive as the wicketkeeper batsmen, As Root is so good and Morgan captains the team, Bairstow may have to wait for one of the openers to be injured or lose form.


Imad concedes England will be even more formidable with Ben Stokes able to bowl again, after figuring as a specialist batsman only in the first two matches, but he is convinced Pakistan will still measure up.

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